Thousands marched through the streets of Belfast in support of LGBTQ rights. The Trade Union movement along with many other workplaces solidly turned out to demonstrate their commitment to fight for equality in the workplace.
Usdaw, Unite, Unison, Nipsa, Irish Congress of Trades Unions, PCS, Royal College of Nursing, Queens University Belfast, the SDLP, Sinn Féin, Socialist Workers party, Socialist Party, The Greens, The Humanist Society, a Eurovision fan club, drag queens, has beens, fighters, friends, mums dads, brothers, sisters, neighbours, pastors, priests and reverends all stood together for an alternative Ulster showing thatthere is a will and there is a way.
The bigots were there but clearly irrelevant, the swish family Robinson a painful reminder of how quickly the powerful can disappear.
Belfast Pride was a tremendous event and for anyone who remembers more repressive times a wonderful marker of hope that society has indeed changed and was worth fighting for. As people said in the piece there's a good way to go in the fight for full equality.